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singled out the obama administration for what he calls its indifference. >> we have to go back and re-examine the diplomating setting, if you will. people will be pushed to say we can't afford to ignore this region. we can't afford to ignore this conflict because we look back on the last four years and the indifference, if you will, of the obama administration to what is happening on the west bank and gaza. and i think there will be pressure. there will be pressure from egypt, from turka, pressure from qatar, the three countries that are most sympathetic to hamas. pressure to produce some kind of settlement. >> discussing the u.s. response to the israeli-palestinian crisis. if izrail launches a ground attack in gaza, experts say the battle could be as bloody as the 2008 invasion that killed 1400 palestinians or worse. since then, hamas has gotten better weapons and better trained its foot soldiers as well. brian todd explains what a ground war in gaza might look like. >> reporter: a precision strike from the air killing the chief of hamas' military wing, but it appears israel is getti
lawmakers are trying to figure out what the obama administration knew about the deadly attack on bengauze where i. cmn's state of the union host candy crowley is live in washington. candy, good morning. what are lawmakers expecting in this investigation? >> well, you know, what's interesting is this investigation -- and there are many of them going on, not just on capitol hill. you know, there's an outside one as well. has to do with the run-up to what happened in benghazi. was more security asked for by the ambassador himself prior to this horrific event in benghazi? were they aware of any kind of increased security because it was 9/11? then there was the attack itself. what the heck happened? how was it that we lost four americans in that attack that went on for hours and hours? why didn't help come? there's many questions. then there's the aftermath, and that is, wait a second, when did the administration know it was not about a videotape, it was not about a riot outside the benghazi consulate? it was, in fact, a terrorist attack. was it a planned terrorist attack? who were the terrori
. conservatives are deshed to make it into a full-blown obama administration scandal. it involving his successor in afghanistan, marine corps general john allen. they both have kexzs to jill kelly who does volunteer work with military families. kelley alerted a friend of hers at the fbi after receiving harassing e-mails. them call from paul broadwell, petraeus's biographer. they admitted to having an fair. that affair led to hez rez mags. they discovered potentially inappropriate communications between jill kelley of am tm pa and general allen. they reviewed 30,000 pages of documents including e-mails over the course of two years, but found no wrongdoing by general allen. the fbi turned it over to the pentagon, and the pentagon has ordered its own investigation. the married general allen denies an improper relationship with kelley. he's currently president obama's choice for supreme allied commander of nato forces in europe. that nomination is on hold. as nbc news reports the president learned of the problems on friday, the same day he accepted petraeus's resignation. that hasn't stopped the con
interested in figuring out how to use this to attack eric holder and the obama administration broadly? what's similar the way they deal with the benghazi situation, there really are significant, important questions that need to be asked. we shouldn't -- we need to separate that out from what is also just a very sad but all too common story about a man getting brought down by, you know, being distracted by a woman. >> the white house is supporting general allen, although his nomination of supreme allied commander is put on hold. what do you make of that? >> i think that's appropriate. there is an investigation going on at dod. let me speak more broadly. i actually talked to folks at the department of justice. the thing we have to remember is what we know now is not what they knew when they started the investigation. when they started the investigation, they didn't know what they had, and as facts unfolded, they decided to take sort of the next step. from everything we know at this point, people went up their chain of command, which ended with going to clapper who went to the white house and
, the obama administration will not define exactly what happened. the press has been largely negligent in pursuing the story. now the testimony is under oath, so it's serious. there are two ways this thing could go. first, into a watergate type spectacle with cover-ups and goh gus statements to the american people, or second. >> it could be a big nothing. a human error that spiraled out of control. the problem is compounded by the president's refusal to define anything. he continues to say there is an investigation, so he can't even give us basic facts like when prosecute you told, mr. president, about the attack in benghazi? an answer to that question cannot possibly impact any investigation, nevertheless, mr. obama refuses to provide it. that raised all kinds of conspiraciy theories and now you have the petraeus situation added to the mix. at a press conference today, reporter asked senator john mccain if the fact that general petraeus' mistress kept secret documents in her possession was it more serious than the entire libyan debauchle? >> well, i say with great respect, that's one
of the obama administration, he decided to make the u.n. ambassador a cabinet level position. when you're cabinet secretary, you have some obligation to perform your duties and then to be held responsible for them and accountable for them. i appreciate that he's loyal to her and she is loyal to him that he defended her, but i do think that the senators have legitimate reasons to question whether or not she should be the secretary of state. >> greg: yeah. i don't think that's going to happen. but what do i know? >> not much. >> greg: thank you very much for coming here and providing some mediocre information. plenty more ahead. i joke, little person. "the factor" moves along, the most troubling story of the night. the end of twinkies and wonder bread as hostess plans to shut down after union strike crip ams its production. ben stein will be here with the story in a few moments [ male announcer ] every day, thousands of people like you, are choosing advil® because helps you keep doing what you love. no wonder it's america's #1 selling pain reliever. you took action, you took advil®. a
president obama got it right when he said she received information from my administration and if you have an issue with what she said then you come to me, and i think he's right. he's accepting responsibility as far as this issue is concerned. you know, we have to move on and we know that there are issues involving benghazi and the most unfortunate thing is that we've lost four lives and i want to focus on, number one, why this happened, how did it occur and to make sure it doesn't occur in the future and these are the issues that we need to start focusing on and to make sure that we can protect the people who work for the state department or for the united states and hot spots throughout the world. the highest priority is to protect their lives in the future. >> congressman, thank you very much for joining me. >> okay. got it. >> my next guest has known general petraeus. the author of the new book "the generals." welcome, mr. ricks. >> thank you. >> you say at the start of this book there are no bad soldier, only bad generals. many people have taken a dim view of general petraeus', but w
of the government of israel and the position of the obama administration and it's the position of the european union and the quartet. it is not the position of hamas and the terrorists. they're dedicated to our destruction. >> ambassador, thank you very much for joininging me. >> pleasure, pierce. >> joining me is the palestinian legislative council, a number of the plo executive committee. welcome to you. >> thank you, pierce. we just heard from ambassador michael oren, very strong words saying this is entirely down to hamas and the grip that hamas now has on the gaza strip. what is your reaction? >> that's not only disingenuous, but it's very misleading and it has very little to do with the truth, but we're used to the israeli officials' spin. actually before hamas took over in 2007 the israelis continually used gaza as a firing range, shooting at will, killing, destroying. in 2008 and 2009 they killed 1,440 palestinians and mainly civilians. today they're killing over 30 palestinians mainly civilians, children and women and at the same time they're talking about surgical strikes and they use the
fletcher in tel aviv. thanks. >> "the new york times" reports that the obama administration has been given an assessment about what intervention in syria might require. the pentagon says a u.s. military effort to seize the stockpile of chemical weapons require upward of 75,000 troops and the "times" reports that senior american officials are concerned that the militant group hezbollah have set up training camps near the chemical weapons depots. >>> four people were killed in texas when a freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans. this is just terrible. the accident happened at a railroad crossing in midland, texas, as the float tried to get around the safety gates and lights. the float was made with a flat bed trailer with chairs for each of the veterans. in addition to the four deaths, others were injured. >> this may be one of the most tragic events we've had in our town and it's a sad day. i shook their hands and saw them personally, met their wives. it truly was an honor to be in their presence. these guys are true american heroes. >> secretary of defense leon
was that it was a demonstration and not a terrorist attack. >> king also adds there is question right now whether the obama administration changed the initial talking points about what was said publicly about the deadly attacks. >>> another bay area tech company began selling shares for the first time this morning. ruckus wireless ipo last night and scott mcgrew said the stock quickly sank. >> it certainly started well. here is video from 6:30 our time and they ring the opening bell on the opening stock exchange. the morning after they plummet $15 a share. now, the shares didn't start trading right away. it always takes some time for those first trades. when they did, it was less bell and more crickets as the price fell below the ipo price of $14 and change. that's the bad news. critics were quick to say perhaps the company should not have ipo'd with the concerns of the fiscal cliff. the first sale of stock happened last night when the investors paid ruckus the full $15 a share. that money that selena lo's company keeps every time after the stock trades on the new york stock exchange. that's a transaction
over the obama administration response but i bigger issue, why personnel were poorly protected. >> we have to find out why you send an embassador unguarded with a few libyan guards and c.i.a. was not there to guard him. >> didn't you have one of the stop date pickup truck -- >> we did. that's not his function to determine security. we've got the right person coming in to talk about that. >> what we know now about the intelligence of the terrorists in benghazi, it was irresponsible to have our state department personnel there with only three security guards. they were easily overround in the attack of september 11. we should have given them the protection they deserve or closed that mission in benghazi as the british government had done a short while before. >> join us, chris wallace. good morning. >> good morning. >> that's a great point. in a way it's somehow been lost in the controversy. they were like sitting ducks. >> there are legitimate questions to ask about susan rice and the timeline, the talking points but nobody died because of that. if it was a coverup it was unsuccessful
-- is not a biographer to come on, colby. >> is the obama administration guilty of a cover-up in the benghazi attack? >> i think she knew better, and if she did no better, she should not be the voice of america. . >> for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received, and to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous. >> they're talking about our u.n. ambassador, who could be the president's nominee to be secretary of state. this is about her appearance on talk shows on september 16 following the september 11 attacks in benghazi. charles krauthammer, our friend here, who is off this week -- i think he is in miami traveling -- has been hammering away at this for weeks but he said that it was fun cover story in the run-up to the election. what do we know about this? .> we don't know yet maybe the intelligence committees have some notion, but we really don't know yet. they are still conducting the investigation within the state department. it seems like there were 85 things going on at once. i am not cle
could come on, colby. giving her all that access, i'm sorry -- >> is the obama administration guilty of a cover-up in the benghazi attack? >> the reason i don't trust her is i think she knew better and if she knew better, she should not be the voice of america. >> for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi, simply making a presentation based on intelligence she had received, to be smartrip reputati -- to besmirch her reputation, is outrageous. >> they are talking about un ambassador susan rice, who could be the president's nomination to be secretary of state. they're talking about her appearance on talk shows on september 16 following the attacks in benghazi. charles krauthammer, our friend, is off this week -- i think he is in miami traveling -- has been hammering at this for weeks. he says it was up phony political cover story during the election. >> we don't know yet paid may be the intelligence commun -- don't know yet. maybe the intelligence committees have some notion, but we don't know yet. it seems like there were 85 things going on at once.
, "the new york times" reports that the defense department has given the obama administration an assessment of what possible intervention in syria might require. as syrian forces battle opposition groups the pentagon says a u.s. military group to seize their stockpile of weapons would require upwards of 75,000 troops. the times reports that senior american officials are concerned that the militant group hezbollah has set up training camps near some of the chemical weapons depots. >>> four people were killed in texas when a freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans. this is just terrible. the accident happened at a railroad crossing in mid land, texas, as the float tried to get around the safety gates and lights. the float was made from a flatbed trailer with a chair for each veteran. in addition to the four deaths, 17 people were injured. mid land's mayor reacted to the accident. >> this may be one of the most tragic events we've had in our town and it's a sad day. i shook their hands and saw them personally, met their wives. truly was an honor to be
the headlines and obama administration is introducing some policy you will want to know about. we'll tell you what they are next. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> andrea: while many of you may be getting over the post election hangover, the obama white house isn't wasting a minute implementing agenda. they posted 6,021 new regulations and rules and notices on the dot-gov website. they announce plans that the federal government would sponsor two nationwide healthcare plans and closed off a million lakers of land for oil shale drilling. let's start with the first one. the president is talking about business openers to the white house and he is putting more regulations in place to likely harm business owners and a lot of people going what are all the regulations? >> eric: the sad thing they put the numbers to the regulation. the numbers are staggering. it sucks out of the economy, it's tens of billions of dollars. literally, leighing the economy, that means job growth and innovation going away and jobs overseas. here is what happens. epa alone accounts for 10 billion in lost record. i can't follow whatever, w
scandals, events and even acts of war that the obama administration worked to keep secret until after the election. on friday, three days after, we learn that david petraeus, the head of the cia, was stepping down because of an extramarital affair. first i want to say that david petraeus is one of a greatest genuine hero. he is the first general in generations to turn around a war america was losing to iraq and 2006 and 2007 and he helped divert defeat. and for general petraeus to do what he did when he was director of the central intelligence agency, it was triple problem inmatic and opened him up to blackmail. for people who say it's a private matter, you are simply wrong. you can't have the cia director of america involved in a fair. once the affair was revealed, there was not a question in petraeus's mind that he needed to resign. but the story doesn't simply end there. now the white house claims that the president first received information about the affair on thursday. but a source close to journallest ron kessler, who will join me in a few minutes, says that's highly unlikely,
. and if the obama administration classified the attack as "act of terror" the first 48 hours so before she said that. today the white house defended ambassador rice and their own response to the violence. >> ambassador rice has done an excellent job as the united states ambassador to the united nations. i believe and i know he believes everyone here working for him has been transparent in the way we have tried to answer questions about what happened in benghazi. >>shepard: secretary of state, hillary clinton says she will step down soon after president obama's inauguration next year. and now, james is live on capitol hill. what is the thinking in washington, dc, about whether s rice could survive a confirmation hearing for the job? >>reporter: the leaks from senior officials that generated the stories were designed to gauge how much resistance ambassador rice will face in the not. a republican senator told me today there would be "an organized effort by a number of senators to make sure susan rice is not confirmed." the u.n. ambassador has had little to say publicly since september 16 when she press
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think what you are talking about, that ship has sailed. after four years of an obama administration, if the people of america did not wake up at that point and change out that administration and put us back to the path to the constitution, the only thing left for people like us is individual state independence. >> sean: i'm going to make a prediction. i believe that america will come calling for conservative answers, that is my prediction. i appreciate you being with us. i'm sure you'll be under fire for the next week or two, good luck. >> thank you, if anyone needs to check us out go to our website at texas nationalists.com. >> she traveled as top diplomat in the u.s. so where is the secretary of state? heading to australia, why? some wine tasting. how much more this is going to take for hillary to wake up as hannity returns. but i'm still stubbed up. [ male announcer ] truth is, nyquil doesn't unstuff your nose. what? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus liquid gels speeds relief to your worst cold symptoms plus has a decongestant for your stuffy nose. thanks. that's the cold trut
to "on the record" and greta van susteren. >> is the obama administration more concerned about a sex scandal than benghazi. >> the f.b.i. sent more time in broadwell's house four hours than they this d at u.s. consulate in benghazi. just to put this in perspective. they spent more time in broadwell's house than they did in benghazi. this benghazi story has now become a story about sex and scandal about who? the benghazi story has all of a sudden become a sex scandal about petraeus. who is the one person that benefits from that reputed to be a republican? petraeus. >> greta: political panel rick cline, john mccormack and byron york. you are first. >> rush is expressing the frustration a lot of republicans have felt about this. benghazi happened on september 11th. weeks went by a lot of attention. the administration didn't seem particularly interested in getting the facts out about this. the press didn't seem very interested about this. so there is a certain amount amount of bitterness, now that it gets attention when it turns into a sex scandal. i'm sure he would say that he hopes it
. the obama administration initially blamed it on protests over an anti-muslim video. that story latest shifted raising questions about what the administration knew and when they knew it was a terrorist attack. >> i don't think the intelligence community in any way politicized they were providing to members of the administration or congress. they gave us our best initial assessments. >> when he testifies he is expected to give a timeline of events. there has been focus on his affair and whether thinks conduct compromised national security. he is expected to talk about the benghazi situation. once they complete the hearings, they expect to hold a public hearing to disclose information that isn't classified. >> eric: in the middle east, israel offered to suspend the offensive at the gaza strip during a visit by egypt's prime minister but the offer didn't hole hold. fighting escalated sharply overnight. dozens of missiles exploded in gaza city. missiles also targeted about 150 other sites that they used to fire rockets at israel. fighting erupted with first ever hamas area in the tel aviv
to get worse? >> tom, i think the obama administration has been rightfully supporting israel because israel has a right to defend itself, any country would. but i think the united states is going to want to work with egypt, with turkey and ka trkqa try to convince the leadership to stop this very provocative and hardy shelling of rocketing the cities. when hamas is targeting both tel aviv and israel, this is a new phase of war between a long-running war between them. israel is going to react to that. i think you'll see a very intense demonstration between them to cease and decysist. >> gaza is not a big area. at some point they have to run out of pockets to some degree, don't they? >> yeah, but that's a big risk. so the big driver of the israeli operation right now is the long-range rockets that were allegedly supplied by iran and which hamas has been using to target major urban centers in israel like tel aviv, like jerusalem. tel aviv has been the red line for israel, and as long as hamas has been in possession of these rockets and can maintain that threat against israeli population
of congress? >> reporter: republicans say the altered talking points show the obama administration wanted for political reasons to minimize the possibility of terrorism early on. democrats say it shows the facts were still coming in. >> looking at the raw intelligence, there were many conflicting reports some that said there were protests some that said there weren't. there were groups claiming responsibility, others denying responsibility. it took time to get it right. >> why was the talking point memo initially released from the cia after it went through the process, why were certain things taken out? why was there such an emphasis on this youtube video as opposed to the other motivations that could have sparked the attack? >> reporter: the cia talking points memo would have been run through the justice department and other u.s. intelligence agencies before it was given to lawmakers. >> harris: thank you hole molly. we'll learn more about the libya probe and general petraeus' resignation from senator saxby chambliss vice chair of the senate intelligence committee and senator lieberman.
on the u.s. mission in benghazi and the obama administration's response. well, now that the senate and house intelligence members have heard from former cia director david petraeus, albeit behind closed doors, we know this indisputable fact. the cia knew the attack was planned and launched by terrorists affiliated with al qaeda. that's according to petraeus' testimony on friday. but two months after the attack, so many questions still remain. the answers to which have a lot of implications to u.s. security. which is why we want to bring in congressman adam schiff who serves on the house intelligence committee. congressman schiff, thank you for joining us. >> it's a pleasure. >> you were there for petraeus' testimony. what did we learn from that hearing? what did you learn from that hearing? >> well, we learned a few things. his testimony and the testimony of the prior day of the acting director set out a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour chronology of what happened at our diplomatic post. we also learned from general petraeus that in the putting together of these talking points, there
on the destruction of israel. why? because politics takes precedence under the obama administration and both post election surprises all come on the heels of benghazi. remember, when the president had his way that truth would still be hidden as well and we would all still be blaming the death of four americans on a youtube movie trailer. it's time to lift the veil of secrecy. joining me now to do just that is ronald kessler. and utah congressman jason chaffetz is with us. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> what do you make of it? >> this administration is withholding information from the american people and they are engaged in a concerted effort to mislead the world and mislead the american people. >> to what extent do you think this was connect today benghazi? why now? he was supposed to testify this week. >> it's so suspicious. it's not a coincidence. he is probably the one that knows most about what happened or didn't happen in benghazi. a lot of senators don't believe he was telling the truth before. this begs more questions than it answers. >> ron kessler, you knew october 10th that thi
have been murdered in libya and the obama administration is still dragging its feet two months later still not telling the story. former director david petraeus knows about benghazi, two weeks ago he was in lib qa ya to conduct his own investigation of september 11th attack. should he be forced to testify before congress? we spoke to lindsay graham a short time ago. >> senator, nice to see you. congressman, they have written a letter tha saying a select committee to what happened in benz? >> john mccain and myself we will introduce a resolution asking the majority leader, mitch mcconnell to do a select committee. why do you need one? the state department is under the foreign operations committee foreign relations committee oversight. department of defense is under armed service. if you have three different committees interviewing people separately we won't know what one group will significant sailing. so we should form a committee over department of defense, department of the state and the c.i.a. and ask questions and have a professional approach to this. i think congress would be ma
plenty of cleanup to do, and today members of the obama administration will tour the damage. today homeland security secretary janet napolitano will visit fema's field office along with secretary of housing and urban development sean donovan. it comes a day after president obama toured the damage on staten island. >>> and incredible video shows what it was like in new york city just as sandy made landfall. the new york port authority just released this surveillance video of water gushing into the busiest subway stations. the storm sent 20-foot waves slamming into manhattan, seriously damaging the city's 100-year-old subway system. >>> the military is looking into what caused one of the most advanced fighter jets to go down on an air force base. the f-22 crashed yesterday on tindal air force base while returning from a training mission. the air force stopped flying the f-22 for several months after some pilots complained about becoming dizzy at the controls. they blamed the problem on a shortage of oxygen delivered to pilots. the air force was starting to lift flight restrictions on
through a presidential election. president obama was re-elected. and the obama administration had a number of i think foreign policy and counterterrorism successes during the first administration. obviously osama bin laden was killed in the special operations raid. president obama's oversea drawdown of tops in iraq as well as afghanistan. and yet i think one of the most lasting legacies from the first term of the obama administration may well be what u.s. officials termed the yemen model. this is sort of how it is that the u.s. is going to fight these wars, these wars against nonstate actors, wars against groups like al qaeda in the future. and in many ways i think that during the first term of the obama presidency yemen has become the laboratory for this sort of approach. yemen is now a place over the past four years where the u.s. has tested out different ways in which it could fight al qaeda. so we've seen a number of different approaches and we've seen the obama administration move away from what the bush administration attempted to do with sort of large ground scale invasions of iraq
about transparency in the obama administration as reports surface that epa administrator lisa jackson is one of several officials under congressional investigation for allegedly using a private e-mail and an alias, and the motivation is allegedly so that she could skirt the rules and hide controversial correspondence from the public, the press and even internal epa inspectors. and she's not the only one being implicated. joining me now with more, brad blakeman and marjorie clifton, former consultant to the obama campaign and principal at clifton consulting. okay, so this house committee has launched an investigation into whether ms. jackson is trying to get around public disclosure laws. because if you talk about it for the most part as a government employee, we get to see it, you know? we get to file a freedom of information request, and you have to give it over to us. that's why if you're thinking about e-mailing president obama anytime soon, know that it's all going to be a matter of public record and retrievable for the ages. [laughter] so ms. jackson, according to this house comm
, this is the narrative, the obama administration was pushing. we have al qaeda on the run. we joined with the british and the french bombing libbia, got rid of qaddafi. libya is a friend. obam had to kill this. he is a hands-on commander in chief. that was his narrative in the election, benghazi blew that. that's why this evolved. whether it was a coverup or the fog of intelligence -- whether it was intentional, we will find out. >> sean: two weeks later tdoesn't seem plausible. >> it doesn't seem possible. this is exactly the obama administration, instead of taking responsibility and stepping forward, it's divert and defend. he keeps putting it back on the intelligence community. he is the president of the united states. he sent an ambassador out there, the u.n. ambassador to say it was because of a video. the job of that ambassador and the president to is to uphold and defend the constitution of the united states, including free speech. he should have never blamed it on the video. the idea they don't know who took out the talking points-- >>> they want as a distraction, the general petraeus affair
at it strategically, do you feel that those are the core issues before president obama and this administration and our country going into 2013? um, if not, what would you change, what would you add? >> i -- when i was informed by lori murray about the outcome of the process by which the world affairs councils went through and came up with those six issues, i thought you had it exactly right. i think those are the big issues, and congratulations to you. i think you have them just right. i think there is an overarching issue on top of all of them that in some sense effects and enables all of them x that is if you look at at the national security challenges and the foreign policy challenges we face, i say that the number one challenge is getting our fiscal house in order. getting a handle on the debt, getting a handle on the deficit which are critical in order to get the economy growing again and people back to work. and i think that is the over -- it's certainly the number one domestic challenge. my point is it's always the number one national security challenge. why? because a healthy economy and a hea
that happens, most likely iranian supported elements started this. >> obama administration backs israel. is president obama standing with israel as in your judgment as he should? >> yes. so far he did. in the sense that he has no other option. no american president can come and say i'm with hamas against israel. he is with israel against hamas. at the same time this is the worst time for explosion to occur in the middle east. we know our situation in. we have an economic situation. ee needs unity in congress that is support of israel. we have the benghazi hearing. we may have to look at our national security doctrine. we have an arab spring that is being taken over by islamists. so putting that pressure that the u.s. can only do this and not more. >> gregg: hamas runs the authority in gaza. it's also a terrorist organization. it is recognized as a terrorist organization by the united states. hamas refuses to recognize israel, it's charter to this day vows the destruction of israel. does the international community including importantly the united nations need to stop supporting the hama
like we saw in the bush administration, and republicans have criticized obama for a delay in issuing federal permits for drilling. >> john: uh-huh. >> but remember in april of 2010, we had the deep water horizon incident, right? where because of mismanagement and gross negligence on the part of a foreign oil industry -- >> john: and let's give haliburton credit too. >> absolutely. and you have trans-ocean who used to be a u.s. corporation, and then they left to avoid paying taxes. you have three companies who as i wrote last year appear to hate america. because haliburton moved its incorporation to the middle east as well. but bottom line is the delays in permits wasn't because of a crazy environmentalist in the obama administration it was because a private corporation could not handle its own business affairs. >> john: right. and this was discussed in the third presidential debate. >> right. and the president didn't make a forceful enough case to say listen we had the largest environmental and industrial disaster in american history that was caused by gross ne
'm not sure in the alternative what advantage anyone thinks the obama administration was going to get by misleading. the event happened. did anyone think the obama administration was trying to preserve some illusion that terrorists never would hit us as long as obama was president? we have been at war with terrorists 11 years and lost thousands of lives. i don't understand the point that graham is making, and the idea to question why did you put susan rice on the talk shows? administrations make decisions every week about who they will put out to repeat talking points. it doesn't really make much sense to me to be honest. >> to that end, then, amy, you have senator graham, other republicans, john mccain for one, they are calling for a special prosecutor. john harwood brings up these questions, but does it ego to the level of needing a special prosecutor? how far do you think this will go? >> clearly there is a movement on the republican side to keep this going. as we heard senators graham and mccain want a special investigation. we have representative mike enentire, the chairman of th
's cabinet. there's a report that the attorney general will stay on for the second obama administration. we told you yesterday how he wants susan rice to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state. margaret brennan is in washington. >> reporter: president obama views susan rice as his quarterback at the u.n. when he nominated her to be the ambassador he elevated that role to cabinet level. a status that her predecessors did not have. for this next promotion the president will fight skeptical republicans who question rice's judgment in the days following the benghazi attack. >> i still don't know how anybody of that capacity could have been on television five days later saying the things that were said. i don't know how that can happen. >> she has to answer questions about that. there's no doubt about it. >> reporter: susan rice hit a nerve during a string of television appearances five days after the assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. she didn't call it a act of terror. >> we do not have information at present to lead us to conclude it was preplanned. >> reporter: that's leading
for the obama administration. the president obama is going to think long and hard about this one. bill: michael, thank you. out of washington. a terrific guest. martha: a high-stakes meeting of the white house going on. obama welcoming business leaders. he has had a difficult relationship with wall street throughout the course of his tenure. some of business leaders as well. trying to avert the fiscal cliff by raising taxes. how will that be received? are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today. then you may be looking for help in choosing the right plan for your needs. so don't wait. call now. whatever your health coverage needs, unitedhealthcare can help you find the right plan. open enrollment to choose your medicare coverage begins october 15th and ends december 7th. so now is the best time to review your options and enroll in a plan. medicare has two main parts, parts a and b, to help cover a lot of your expenses, like hos
leader as the obama administration increasingly turns its attention to asia. we'll discuss what the u.s. can expect from the new man in charge in china. plus, imagine surviving this crash, a mother and daughter lucky to be alive after a collision with a hit-and-run driver. thanks to a very quick reaction. we have the videotape showing how they made it out. also, with the fiscal cliff looming and a second obama administration ahead, what questions do you have on the economy? ben stein comes to the hot seat today to answer your questions. send them to us via twitter at "happening now" or at jenna fnc. oh, let me guess --ou see this? more washington gridlock. no, it's worse -- look, our taxes are about to go up. not the taxes on our dividends though, right? that's a big part of our retirement. oh, no, it's dividends, too. the rate on our dividends would more than double. but we depend on our dividends to help pay our bills. we worked hard to save. well, the president and congress have got to work together to stop this dividend tax hike. before it's too late. do you have the coverage you
. regardless of what we do, the obama administration come as they look at us, they have to decide if we are going to try to contain us this and fortify those borders, try to provide aid to syria's neighbors, hoping we can stop the bleeding in a sense, or are they going to intervene and try to end this conflict? it is what a lot of those neighbors would probably like to see, especially the turks. the that contains a lot of risk that contains a lot of potential problems for the obama administration. the president obama is going to think long and hard about this one. bill: michael, thank you. out of washington. a terrific guest. martha: a high-stakes meeting of the white house going on. obama welcoming business leaders. he has had a difficult relationship with wall street throughout the course of his tenure. some of business leaders as well. trying to avert the fiscal cliff by raising taxes. how will that be received? are you receiving a payout from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-te
. the big difference this time, one difference this time is the position of the obama administration, which began in 2009 seeking to distance itself name usually from israel and ending its first term supporting israel which is an interesting evolution on the point of obama and in my view a hopeful one. >> there were a couple other differences. one is hamas has longer range missiles than four years ago and the middle east of 2012 is different than the middle east of 2008. we have the arab spring, egypt is no longer run by a dictator but leaders of the muslim brotherhood. what are the challenges for israel and the u.s. now? >> if you look at the whole foreign policy portfolio that obama is facing, not just the problem in gaza, but we still have the problem with pakistan, iran, egypt and libya is still not a stable situation. i think it only amplifies the problem that this is a really dangerous world, and i think part of obama's struggle in the coming months and year is going to get some hold on exactly what our policies are, what is the degree of toughness that we are going to employ because
, for the first three years of the obama administration, we saw every negative behavior towards the oil and gas industry that was possible. suddenly in january 2012, we had this suddenly announced all in, all the above energy strategy which didn't mark with all the actions of the prior three years. my guess is my prediction is that we go back to the original obama administration which is negative towards fossil energy, coal will be diminishing in effect over the next four years. >> they are going to take coal out. epa will take coal out. that's what they want. >> exactly. they want it gone. there will be a demonstration this sunday at the white house against the keystone pipeline. they will march around the white house and pull out thousands of people and it will be a sierra club and jim hanson. >> and prolong the keystone study forever. >> right. >> so we never get that pipe line a no-brainer of a decision. >> two years ago, three years ago. >> yes. there's 160,000 miles to pipeline. we are fighting over 1700 mile pipe line we will beat the saudis. >> we can beat -- >> given half after chance.
benghazi and why did the obama administration not brief congress? they will finally brief the committee about benghazi. senator john grasso is on that committee. he is here. >> thanks for having me. >> you will get information for the first time tomorrow. are you disappointing you are just getting this now? >> in a bipartisan way a number of senators asked about this information before the elections and finally we will get it this week. the president is having a press conference wednesday. the american people have a right to know what really happened to benghazi. we've gotten so many conflicting reports. we ned to know the truth and the american people deserve to know the truth. there are four dead americans who i believe didn't have to die. >> do you have any issue with the fact that this is going to be a closed hearing? i realize there are certain information that in every investigation is classified or secret, we have grand jury information and national security information, depending on the investigation. but do you have any sort of -- any because that this is behind closed doors? >
the election because it was political and he obama administration wanted to push it off, including everyone sorting putting his head in the sand about this. and for weeks. so why not -- why not cut through the chase now and get them in here and ask them? >> i'm ready to get them in there. i don't have the authority to subpoena him and bring him in. but secretary of state clinton should be testifying. the mean people need to know from the president. we've had conflicting and evasive answers. we want to make sure this never happens again. are you suspicious still of a coverup, more suspicious or less? >> we need straight answers. you have connecting time lines, you have information that you just don't know where the truth really lies. so he think that, what do you want to call it, stonewalling, coverup, conspiracy. there's a lot of difference phrases but i don't think the american people yet know what happened. >> i would like to know, and i think many of the american people do, what is going on at the an numbers, the cia an numbers? how many agents are there, what are they doing? we are hear
, they said the obama administration was warned about the security in libya and ignored requests for additional protection. >> this administration, including the president himself, has intentionally misinformed, read that, to the american people in the after math of this tragedy. >> reporter: the hearing became a political back and forth between republicans and democrats. >> it is not who the guilty party is, it is you. it is us. it is this committee. >> reporter: this week committees in the house and senate are holding meetings trying to figure out where things went wrong. >> hired individuals from libya to protect us and yet we haven't gotten any answers on why that failed. former cia director david petraeus, who is embroiled in scandal, his affair will not be discussed, he is expected to testify friday for hours. >> he was there when the decisions were made following the attack and during the attack and he is the one who will testify who has been on the ground since september 11. >> reporter: the top republican on the committee tells me after meeting with the fbi director, he
. and for the first time president obama has weighed in on this mess. abc's preeti arla has the latest. >> reporter: president obama walked into the east room of the white house for his first postelection news conference, tackling the major issues his administration will face in the weeks ahead. >> i'm open to compromise. and i'm open to new ideas. >> reporter: the president meets with congressional leaders tomorrow. both sides are expected to stake out their positions on the looming fiscal cliff, which would see automatic tax increases and budget cuts go into effect if there's no budget deal by year end. while both sides talk about compromise, president obama says any deal must not extend tax cuts for the wealthy. >> when it comes to the top 2%, what i'm not going to do is to extend further a tax cut for folks who don't need it, which would cost close to $1 trillion. >> reporter: but house speaker john boehner made it clear, wealthiest americans should not see their taxes go up. >> i have outlined a framework how both parties can work together to avert the fiscal cliff without raising tax rates. >
was describing that the obama administration did, that is called governing. >> yeah. let's go to david. why would he use words like this. this is the way he thinks unless he's being scripted. this was unscripted. this is the pure romney. >> chris, i was the first guy in the media to see the 47% remark and when i saw it i couldn't believe it. maybe there was a slight chance that maybe he was saying to it play up to that crowd, that's what they wanted to hear. now when we hear him talk about voters he didn't just say he was bought off, that obama won their votes through bribery. he said i ran a campaign of big ideas. so they are the moochers, they are victims who will pay them the most. in the end what happens, mitt romney portrays himself as a victim of the victims. so just confirms all the worst impressions from the 47% rant and now you have republicans running away from him and basically saying hey don't let the car elevator door hit you on the way out. >> let me go to one thoughtful conservative. who i usually agree with. he's a smart guy. he writes for "the weekly standard." it seems to me tha
the obama administration has given to particular groups of this country. >> what the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition. give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government. and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> reporter: among those groups the gifts went to, romney discusses the african-american community, young people and the hispanic community. here, offering one of the gifts to them. >> what the president did is, he gave them two things. one, he gave them a big gift on immigration, with the d.r.e.a.m. act and amnesty program. >> reporter: sources tell saying, this was the argument since the moment he lost. telling his closest circle the very next morning that america is becoming an entitled society. that some americans are asking government to solve problems for things they can't afford. >> the giving away free stuff is a hard thing to compete with. >> reporter: david muir, abc news, new york. >>> lawmakers demanding answers in the deadly meningitis outbreak didn't get far during yesterday's hearing. the owner of
will investigate the obama administration talking points at the attack and try to determine who took out the initial assessment that terrorists were involved. dmouk elway is live with us from washington with more on that. >>> republicans are convinced somebody in the white house or in the administration changed the talking points, changed them to hide the fact that the benghazi incident was a terrorist attack on the incident of 9-11 perpetrated al qaeda at a time when the obama campaign was boasting about al qaeda's diminished capacity. susan rice one intellectual democrat diane fine stein vows to get some answers. >> we gave the direction yesterday that this whole process is going to be checked out. we are going to find out who made changes in the original statement. mike rogers says he knows where the changes were made. >> it worked its way up through the system of the so-called talking points which everyone refer. my role is how do we prevent it. deputy committee pint tees administration that's where the narrative changed. >>> the white house deputy national security advisor said the
have checked this out. >> republicans are accusing the obama administration of a cover-up and want ambassador rice to testify before congress. >> it's going to be one tough confirmation hearing. all right coming up, president obama on his way to cambodia right now. after an historic stop in myanmar earlier today. so, did the president accomplish what he set out to do there? our dan lothian is traveling with the president. we will check in with him live next. it's swanson flavor boost. concentrated broth to add delicious flavor to your skillet dish in just one stir. mmm! [ female announcer ] cook, meet compliments. get recipes at flavorboost.com. who have used androgel 1%, there's big news. presenting androgel 1.62%. both are used to treat men with low testosterone. androgel 1.62% is from the makers of the number one prescribed testosterone replacement therapy. it raises your testosterone levels, and... is concentrated, so you could use less gel. and with androgel 1.62%, you can save on your monthly prescription. [ male announcer ] dosing and application sites between these products
. then later by a texan. the reports state that the obama administration can decline to respond to a request and that it remains to be seen any type of response or recognition will be given to these petitions. martha: wet weather and falling temperatures are what folks are dealing with right now. that is making a miserable situation even worse for the victims of hurricane sandy this morning. folks lining up since early this morning at a distribution site to try to get their hands on some basic necessities and that's where we find our reporter, jonathan hunt, live in brooklyn, new york, this morning. how are they doing there this morning, jonathan? >> they're doing best they can, frankly, martha. this has become a daily routine for many of these people on coney island. the sun comes up with it the lines start forming. what they're here to pick up and what will be laid out along all these tables over the next few minutes are the very basics, food, water, d on theaning supplies. tables. the line will file around and they will be able to take what they believe they need. they spoke to a couple o
won in part because of gifts the obama administration had given to particular groups in this country. >> what the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition. give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government. and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> reporter: among those groups the gifts went to, romney discusses the african-american community, young people and the hispanic community. here, offering one of the gifts to them. >> what the president did is, he gave them two things. one, he gave them a big gift on immigration, with the d.r.e.a.m. act and amnesty program. >> reporter: and the second thing, in order to get hispanic voters? >> number two, put in place obama care, which basically is $10,000 a family. i mean, it's a proven political strategy, which is give a bunch of money from the government to a group and, guess what? they'll vote for you. >> reporter: sources tell me this has been romney's argument since the moment he realized he'd lost. telling his closest circle the very next morning that america is becoming
, what was the assessment of the obama administration of the area where there consular was? there's a big difference. if this was an area as secure as iceland or waziristan. time confident that there were cables that said there are ten training centers for militias around that location. so i would like to know if the administration basically perceived the location is dangerous there for what were the measures and therefore when the attack occurred, the knd of response would be appropriate to the type of assessment. that is what we want to know. >> chairman of the house securities committee is very direct saying the documents that we see that the cia had prior to general petraeus coming in, it is impossible to believe he thought he w giving as at the time on his testimony, testimony supporting what became the brought fiction of an inch and a video. congressman king is saying point blank. he believes that petraeus was under the thumb of the administration, coerced and blackmail and a statement. >> i think i no general petraeus pretty well. i covered him in 2003 and stayed in touch with them
petitions in favor of seceding from america on the obama administration's we the people website. so far, close to 700,000 signed on and petitions from alabama, florida, georgia, louisiana, north carolina, tennessee, texas grabbed at least 25,000 signatures. now to me, secession is silly. but what is not silly is actual catchtition. why not for four years pit red states against blue states with the respected ideas and have us put to the test and see who succeeds? red states will have fracking. blue will have frats. red states will have free markets. blue will be v fre have free pi. red states, death penalty. blue, tax. red will have kimberly guilfoyle. blue will have this. there is only one rule. no borrowing from china allowed. then maybe can see whose ideas work. blue state survive by acting red. red states are sur viveed by resisting the cool desire to go blue. maybe the best states are run by republican governors and worst cities run by democrats. this is your home so what country are you going to run to anyway? hawaii? they don't even have electricity. i want to go to you, bob. afte
, martin, thank you. >>> "the new york times" reports that the defense department has given the obama administration an assessment of what this might entail. the pentagon says a u.s. military effort to seize syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons would require upward of 75,000 troops and "the times" reports that senior american officials are concerned that hezbollah has set up camp near the chemical weapons depose. the white house declined to comment. >>> four people were killed in texas when a freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans. this is just terrible. it's an accident that happened at a railroad crossing in midland, texas, as the float tried to get around the safety gates and lights. the float was made with a flatbed trailer. in addition to the four deaths, there were 17 people injured. m midland's mayor reacted to the accident. >> this may be one of the most tragic events we've had in our town and it's a sad day. i shook their hands and saw them personally and met their wives. it truly was an honor to be in their presence. these guys are true america
many questions about the attack. the obama administration initially blamed it on protests over an anti-muslim video. that story later shifted, raising questions about what the administration knew and when they knew it was actually a terrorist attack. >> i don't think that the intelligence community, in any way, politicized the intelligence they were providing to members of the administration or congress. i think they gave us their best initial assessments. >> reporter: when petraeus testifies today, he's expected to give a timeline of events leading up to and during the attack. there's been a lot of focus on petraeus' affair and whether his conduct compromised national security. petraeus isn't expected to talk about that, but solely about the benghazi situation. lawmakers say once they complete the hearings on the benghazi attack, they expect to hold a public hearing to disclose any information that isn't classified. rob and paula? >> in the hot seat in more ways than one. preeti arla, live for us in washington. thanks, preeti. >>> and at the white house today, president obama holds cr
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